The mesmerising new novel from the twice Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home 'If she was my double and I was hers, was it true that she was knowing, I was unknowing, she was sane, I was crazy, she was wise, I was foolish? That summer, the air was electric between us as we transmitted our feelings to each other across three countries.' Elsa M. Anderson is a classical piano virtuoso. In a flea market in Athens, she watches an enigmatic woman buy two mechanical dancing horses. Is it possible that the woman who is so enchanted with the horses is her living double? Is she also looking for reasons to live? Chasing their doubles across Europe, the two women grapple with their conceptions of the world and each other, culminating in a final encounter in a fateful summer rainstorm. A vivid portrait of a long-held identity coming apart, August Blue expands our understanding of the ways in which we seek to find ourselves in others and create ourselves anew.


ISBN13: 9780241421314
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 4 May 2023
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 21.8(H) x 14.4(L) x 2.5(W)
Weight (gm): 360

Author Biography

Deborah Levy is the author of several novels including Hot Milk and The Man Who Saw Everything, alongside a formally innovative, critically acclaimed 'living autobiography' trilogy- Things I Don't Want to Know, The Cost of Living and Real Estate. She has been shortlisted twice each for the Goldsmiths Prize and Booker Prize and she won the Prix Femina Etranger. She has also written for The Royal Shakespeare Company and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Deborah Levy's new novel is both intelligent and absurd, precise and dream-like . . . I know of few other authors who can capture an atmosphere of the eerie and the bizarre as well as she does. Her novels have a strange clarity and precision about being nebulous and shifting * The Scotsman *
August Blue holds the remarkable balancing act that is key to Levy's writing: perfect precision at the sentence level combined with a dedication to exploring the slipperiness of reality . . . August Blue is full of such delightfully strange moments - and it is these that linger long in the mind * i *
A gleeful read . . . [Deborah Levy's] prose is as quick and bare as ever, her manner excitingly abrupt . . . You know you'll read August Blue again * Guardian *
A major contemporary writer who never pulls her punches * Independent *
A master of the contemporary psychological novel -- Darian Leader
August Blue

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